Syfy Picks Up Zombie Show Z Nation And Greek Mythology Show Olympus

From the makers of Sharknado and Eureka comes a new zombie series on Syfy, Z Nation. Plus the minds behind Syfy's actually quite decent miniseries Tinman, Alice and Neverland will be making Olympus, a god-centric drama. Yay new TV!

We're not really sure what to think of Z Nation just yet. But based on the people attached, it sounds like this will be more a "Hooray humans, let's kick the zombies in the head" show and less a "oh my God what have I done" Walking Dead-inspired series.

In a press release, Syfy reveals that Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) will serve as Z Nation's executive producer and showrunner. And it'll be produced by The Asylum, which made a ton of "mockbuster" movies like Transmorphers, along with Sharknado. Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming at Syfy, backs up the idea that this will be a happier zombie outbreak: "Instead of existential despair, the series offers hope that somehow, some way, humanity will not only survive, but triumph."

Here's the official synopsis:

In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world's last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind's survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

The 13-episode zombie series will premiere this fall.

And a separate press release announced the launch of Olympus on Syfy. The 13-episode series won't premiere until 2015 — which is probably a good thing, since it will most likely need a big of special effects work for the many godly activities. Here's the official synopsis for Olympus:


Olympus centers on how a few brave men and women banished the gods to the realm of the unconscious: a place they called the Underworld, or the Kingdom of Hades. The series follows Hero on his journey as he transforms from a fresh-faced and raw young man through the dramatic experiences of betrayal, love, disappointment, empowerment and exile, until he emerges a ruthless leader of man and a match for the gods themselves.

And it sounds as though the hero of Olympus is actually called Hero, judging from Regina's quote in the release:

Olympusis a fantastic blend of action, intense thrills, creatures and great story telling. It will feature characters from mythology in a way never before imagined... It's an excellent complement to our roster of programming and we can't wait to share the adventures of Hero with the Syfy audience.